Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Thank You

My Thank You Zendala - For each and every contributor to "It's a String Thing" over the past four years.
Made with love and gratitude by Adele Bruno, CZT

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #208 - A Very Happy 4th Birthday!

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

It is also the two hundred eighth time we have met here to learn new tangles, renew aquaintences with old ones, and delve into creating tiles together with the same string in mind.

Week after week, the inspiration is astounding.  Thank you one and all for your creative and generous hearts.

This week we begin - as we have on our previous birthdays - with a celebratory string ~

Above is an illustration of how to draw the string in one continuous line - one of my favorite things to do.

The tangles we will use include several that we have used in past challenges ~

Knightsbridge - by Maria Thomas
My Tips for Tangling Knightsbridge can be found here.

Trella - my latest tangle on TanglePatterns

Copada by Margaret Bremner, CZT

Wud by Joni Feddersen, CZT

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away! Keep in mind that string lines are suggestions and let the patterns lead the way.

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines: 
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and some or all of the suggested patterns
* Submit a photo of your tile saved as jpg or scan your tile (300 dpi or higher) and save as a jpg
*Email your jpg file as an attachment to -
*Entries are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
*Photos, notes, and 'Best of Show' are posted on Mondays. 

Send in your photos - you will encourage and inspire fellow Zentangle® enthusiasts all over the world.  WHEN YOU SIGN YOUR NAME, PLEASE INCLUDE WHERE YOU LIVE.  

PLEASE NOTE: It is not necessary for you to have a blog or website to participate. 
In order to eligible for the drawing, you must send in your completed tile.

If you do have a blog or website, I will add a link upon request. 
Please include the site specific URL. 

"It's a String Thing" #207 Tiles

This week we concentrated on one new tangle by Jenna Black called Cross-Ur-Heart.

One tangle, one string, and each tile brings its own spin on both - simply amazing.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
here is my contribution to your challenge 207. I enjoyed to draw it.
Thank you for your engagement.
Best wishes from Germany.

Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely variations of the tangle 
*hues of blue in tangles and shading

From Jenna Black (North Carolina), the creator of Cross-Ur-Heart - thank you for your beautiful tangle!
Hi, Adele. It's been a long time since I've done an IAST challenge, but how can I resist when you're doing my tangle? (Also, for once I was not in the middle of some other piece when I got the email.) This is my Cross-Ur-Heart monotangle. The background is done with Distress Ink, and the shading is done with colored pencils with just a few white gel pen highlights. I have a whole pile of Distress Inked tiles waiting to be tangled on, and this one just seemed to lend itself perfectly to this week's string. I can't wait to see everyone's finished tiles!
Tangled Tidbits -
*perf filled hearts
*weighted lines, sparkle, and complimentary colors

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
I was delighted by your choice of tangles this week. I've been wanting to do some circular patterns, and just this Monday I bought a compass. So Cross-ur-Heart made a perfect beginning for me. Yes, it's not a monotangle and I didn't follow the string, but I'm very happy with my results.
Tangled Tidbits -
* glorious zendala - begins and ends with Cross-Ur-Heart
*tangle creates a scalloped outer edge

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*elegant elongated center hearts tipped with smaller ones
*Tipple filled variation

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
Another great tangle this week, I had so much fun I just wanted to keep tangling and tangling.
Thanks Adele.
Tangled Tidbits -
*aura-ed center tangle billows outward
*gorgeous dimension, pops of perfs, and vine-like curls

A very warm welcome to Alma Sánchez (Spain) ~
Here's my version of this week's pattern Cross-ur-heart with a variation of Backflip.
Tangled Tidbits -
*one large section of the tangle with dot accents
*additional tangle adds a fancy aura
Welcome to IAST and welcome to our tangled map, Alma!

From Lily (Hungary) and here on FB ~
Dear Adele, here is my tile for your weekly challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*each string section features its own beautiful version of the tangle
*shading and aura add wonderful sense of depth

From Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
Thank you for adding me to the tangled map. It is such a pleasure looking forward to your e-mails every week.
This weeks challenge is all about hearts and I can't draw hearts, I thought. stroke at a time.......and yes, I can.
Regards from the heart:)
Tangled Tidbits -
Isn't it remarkable how that works?!
*center cluster reaches to the outer four corners
*tight to wider line spacing, along with soft shading, add wonderful depth

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
I continued with my mandala theme this week as the Cross Ur Heart seemed to fit quite well. I also did my first white on black design for a few years. I bought new white and silver pens last week and I am quite pleased with the results.
Tangled Tidbits-
*another beautiful zendala - very lace-like
*elements of the tangle repeat from the center outward

From Aileen (Singapore) and here on her blog ~
Here's my cross-ur-heart monotangle!
Never tried it before so thank you for the challenge :)
Rainbows and raindrops in sunny Singapore
Tangled Tidbits -
*stunning layers of Cross-Ur-Heart
*variation in line direction, dense and light spaces, light and dark, touches of color

From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Thank´s Adele for one more great challenge! To me it was a challenge to use Cross-ur-heart with this string! But I did go for it and this is the way it Went.
Tangled Tidbits -
*tangle bursts through the border and creates a stunning edge
*wonderful details and aura

From Michele Wynne (California) and here on her blog ~
I've been so sadly truant from IAST in recent weeks with all other manner of distraction, but I was so inspired by the opportunity to use 'Cross-Ur-Heart" since seeing it pop up here and there in my various feeds (a surprise considering I have a curmudgeonly aversion to heart shaped patterns).
I've been a bit obsessed with some new pens (which I had absolutely no business buying) that prompted me to explore uncharted territory when I discovered that the pens were not waterproof. I did some process pics on my blog this week of how this tile evolved.
Anyhoo, thanks so much for all you do here.
Tangled Tidbits -
*soft, beautifully highlighted and shaded perfs float above the tangles
*a different version for each string space

From Ragged Ray (United Kingdom) ~
The path of love doesn't always run smoothly - and the heart can skip a beat from surprise or fear. I lost my way a number of times drawing Cross-Ur-Heart - a tangle I'd drawn before with seeming ease. But I still enjoyed getting lost in all those little lines, and some heavy shading helped to obscure some of my larger mistakes!
Tangled Tidbits -
*gloriously shaded tangles billow off the edges of the tile
*thickened border weaves creatively through the tangles and gathers littler ones

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
I sketched out another one and it looked too crowded. Now this one looks a bit sparse. This was another new tangle for me to practice.
Tangled Tidbits -
*stunning stripes and sparkle
*curls and curves topped with flower-like Cross-Ur-Heart

From Lin H, CZT (Florida) ~
My Cross-Ur-Heart is not quite aligned right but, oh well, I tried. I really like the new tangle and hope to draw it a bit better in the future. My background was created with Color Burst powders. Was fun working with colors this week. Thanks for your challenge, Adele!
Tangled Tidbits -
*contrasting line work in the tangle - rounded and straight
*aura, doubled string line, and C-Perf center line

This is my tile ~
I had all good intentions of adding sparkle and striping when I began Cross-Ur-Heart, but the soothing rhythm of filling in the hearts was so relaxing that I just gave way to it. I love this pattern and I especially love the art of adding aura in this fashion.
After aura-ing the smaller ones to one side, I added curls, a few dots, and some shading.

A very warm welcome back to Juul (France) ~
You can not imagine how happy I am to finally participate again. I allways follow all the challenges ofcourse and enjoyed your italian journey!!!
Last week I loved the Pach so much that I used it in this weeks tile....
Tangled Tidbits -
Welcome back, Juul!
*deep dark and light contrasts
*two beatuful variations of Cross-Ur-Heart

From Vonnie Schneider (St. Paul, Minnesota) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
* bold stripes and sparkles
*red fill for the string sections

A very warm welcome to Ute Andresen (Germany) ~
here is Ute Andresen from the North of Germany. For the first time in your challenge of It’s-a-string-thing.
For three years I’ve been tangling from time to time. But now the time has come I think I’m “really tangled”.
It was great joy and pleasure for me to tangle this string thing # 207. Thank you!
Here is the link to my blog page, where I have written some more about this experience:
 Tangled Tidbits -
*flower-like variation - each beautifully detailed
*black background highlights the tangles

Welcome to our IAST community and to our tangled map, Ute...

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Just in time! Herewith my entry for IAST 207. I’ve never tried Cross-Ur-Heart, it’s a great pattern. Thank you for the inspiration, Adele. I tried gems in heart shape, which was quite a challenge. I shaded with a dark brown pencil which creates softer shadows than graphite but it’s more difficult to smudge.
Looking forward to Monday (i.e. Tuesday in Switzerland :-)
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful detail added with additional tangles
*shading, sparkle, and a touch of color

From Susie (Thailand) and here on her blog ~
Sawasdee Adele, and greetings from Thailand,
Attached my contribution to your IAST 207 challenge featuring the tangle Cross-Ur-Heart. I made 3 tiles and it was hard to leave the two others at home. My decision which to send to you fell on the somewhat off version of Cross-Ur-Heart with the Ginkgo leaves and an attempt to the now popular TranZending trend. I am sure you will get a lot of them for this challenge; the simple string is too inviting to miss out. And no, I vehemently object, I did not forget to color that one Ginkgo leave in the corner. I have no idea why it is there in the first place. I certainly didn't put it there! I absolutely did not. "Cross-My-Heart" and hope to die!
I loved this challenge, Adele. Kop Khun Maa Kha (Thank you)
 Tangled Tidbits -
Isn't it funny how those lines take on a life of their own?!
*a symphony of color, line, shading, and highlights
*tranzending adds even more depth

From Henrike Bratz, CZT (Germany) ~
here comes my tile for iast #207. I chose to use cross-ur-heart along the string rather than create some flowerlike shapes. I then enjoyed auraing again an again.
All the best wishes from rainy Germany!
Tangled Tidbits -
*very creative use of the tangle
*rounded corners of the angular aura lines and wonderful shading

From Lovelygiraffe (Japan) and on Istagram ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*tangles grow from one central cross
*middle string space filled with line lined blushing tangles, highlighted and shaded

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
I have been experimenting with colored pencil on Dura-Lar Matte film this past week (have you worked with this film at all?). I had a small piece left over, so I decided to cut it to size and use it for this week's challenge. Micron pen on the front - pencil shading on the back. I love the smooth finish and the buttery feel of the pen upon this film, it just flows! (Hope it's okay that I used this rather than traditional paper) I was tempted to add color, as the pattern wound up looking a bit like stained glass, but I like the contrast of just the black and white. Lovely challenge and pattern, as always!
Tangled Tidbits -
I have not worked on this film, it takes shading beautifully.
*two pretty versions of the tangle, both with aura
*wonderful white space

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely line work - so many detail lines and aura
*deep shading of the overlapping tangles

From Veena Arun, CZT (Redmond, Washington) and here on her blog ~
Here’s my tile for challenge#207. I had a lot of fun doing this tile. I had never used this tangle before and doing a monotangle was a lot of help in understanding the possibilities. So, thank you for this challenge 
Tangled Tidbits -
*fabulous variations of Cross-Ur-Heart - striped, sparkled, curved and straight-lined
*in the top left, notice the line detail, especially in the hearts

A very warm welcome to Lynn Howell (New York) ~ 
This is my first submission to your tangle challenge and I really enjoyed this one. (I would’ve touched up a bit today, but it appears my cat helped herself to my blue micron pen last night, so it will have to do as is.)
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful blues, highlighted and shaded
*variation to the left, has a flowering center
Welcome to our tangled map and to our IAST community, Lynn!

From Gesine (Germany) ~
I think I missed every single challenge since IAST #189 – just too much to do since our flat has now been restored to normal (and we “only” have to put back everything in place :-/). Now I finally managed to get one done again. Thanks for the motivation!
Tangled Tidbits -
*tangle radiators from one corner of the tile - plant-like inner aura
*white spaces add to the lightness of the tangle

From Teddy (Maryland) ~
Thanks for the new challenge. It was fun trying different embellishments for the Cross-Ur-Heart tangle.
Tangled Tidbits -
*three variations of the tangle - wonderful use of light and dark in the details
*shaded aura

From Pat (Washington) ~
Thank you once again for a great challenge
Tangled Tidbits -
*one small and one larger, lovely tangle
*lines and dots, shading and color

A very warm welcome to Karen Herstowski (Atlanta, Georgia) ~
I am a new-bee. Just joined your group about 10 days ago. This is my first submission. Love doing these challenges, although I have a lot to learn about submitting them.
Thanks, this is a fun and talented group!
Here we go with # 207: Thru the Looking Glass
Tangled Tidbits -
*tranzending continues as curves move outward
*deep background and dots added outside the border
Welcome to our wonderful world here and to our tangled map, Karen!

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
I loved monotangle #207. Mostly because I 💜 hearts!
Tangled Tidbits -
*three layers of hearts for each tangle and one large rounded border of single ones
*just one layer sparkles

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
After several days as a no-show (and dashing my hopes that he had succeeded elsewhere), my little red dragonfly is back. One must have sympathy for this lovesick Sympetrum, especially since he has but seven short months to find his true love, and instead he spends his mornings flirting with himself in my windshield.
Or perhaps he's merely narcissistic? In any case I honored him in my first tile, flitting amongst a variety of blooming Cross-Ur-Heart flowers. What a fun pattern with myriad variation potential, I must admit, even though I could almost hear Adele saying, "And you know who you are, Marla," when she mentioned hearts not being one's favorite shape. And the way the placement develops into a circular pattern naturally gave rise to the desire to work it into a zendala.
I do so love exploring the different ways of rendering a pattern ... even if it is hearts! Thank you, Adele, for nudging me outside my fondness zone.
 Tangled Tidbits -
Oh, that poor red dragonfly - our hearts go out to him!
*three versions of the tangle - each with its own beautiful details
*glorious burst of the tangle - love the little white inner hearts
*a zendala inside a square, complete with beautiful detail

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
Lovely challenge this week. Cross-ur heart by Jenna Black is a super zentangle pattern with masses of possibilities. Will become a favourite of many I’m sure. Thank you as always for stretching my hand. Also on my blog
Have an amazing week Adele and all this week’s participants.
Tangled Tidbits -
*countless wonderful details for each version of the tangle
*clusters and single file hearts - all softly shaded

From Robin Steinbeck (Painesville, Ohio) ~
Love ❤️ this week's challenge ‼️
 Tangled Tidbits -
*aura surrounds the overlapping tangles
*stripes and perfs - stripes run in various directions

From Karen Buse (California) ~
I knew I wanted stripes on the hearts but after I colored them in I thought "Oh no, too much black, now what?" Counter intuitively I added more black. That seems to have solved the problem which tells me it was more an issue of balance and contrast then too much black. I wish my brain had been in a space to leave gaps in the black for the highlights but I just couldn't see where I was going at the time. Thank goodness for white jelly roll pens!
Thanks for another great challenge and learning experience
 Tangled Tidbits -
*a wonderful contrast of light, dark, and in between
*cross-hatched background
*added curls flow from the tips of the tangle and also create a beautiful border

Many thanks to everyone for sending in your precious tiles.  You inspire all of us and help build this wonderfully supportive IAST community.

Kudos to Jenna Black for her fabulous  Cross-Ur-Heart.

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #208 -
our 4th Birthday Celebration!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

The longest sentence you can form with two words is:  
I do.

                                                                                                                      ~ H. L. Hencken

My response to "It's a String Thing" #204
"I Do" string with Bluebonnets and Fassett

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #207

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

This week we will be focusing on just one tangle - Cross-Ur-Heart a new one by IAST contributor Jenna Black. (Link to her website)

Jenna first joined our community for IAST #134.  When she sent in her tile for the following challenge, she described it as "a mishmosh of my own devising."

That description stayed with me as I think it describes tangles and tiles as we develop our own style.

So for this challenge, we will create a monotagle with Jenna's beautiful Cross-Ur-Heart.
Even if hearts aren't your favorite shape, I am confident that you will enjoy learning this tangle.
The step outs are simple, the pattern unfolds beautifully, and the details provide a very rhythmic, relaxing time tangling.

Here is a suggestion for a string:

IAST #207 String by Adele Bruno, CZT

Since this is a monotangle and strings are merely suggestions, feel free to take creative license (as always) and tangle away as your pen leads.

The possibilities are limitless - layer multiple Cross-Ur-Hearts, add any number of embellishments - perfs, sparkle, shading, aura, etc.

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines: 
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
* Submit a photo of your tile saved as jpg or scan your tile (300 dpi or higher) and save as a jpg
*Email your jpg file as an attachment to -
*Entries are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
*Photos, notes, and 'Best of Show' are posted on Mondays. 

Send in your photos - you will encourage and inspire fellow Zentangle® enthusiasts all over the world.  WHEN YOU SIGN YOUR NAME, PLEASE INCLUDE WHERE YOU LIVE.  

PLEASE NOTE: It is not necessary for you to have a blog or website to participate. 
In order to eligible for the drawing, you must send in your completed tile.

If you do have a blog or website, I will add a link upon request. 
Please include the site specific URL. 

I look forward to your emails.

Monday, August 7, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #206 Tiles

On the curved and loopy string that we used this week,  CZT Beate Winkler's Funbee and Joy Okawa's Pach were the stars of the show.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Vonnie Schneider (St. Paul, Minnesota) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*detail lines and sparkle for Pach
*small, medium, and larger Funbee

From Anita A Westin (Dalarna, Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Whow, two of my go-to-tangles in one challenge! Thank´s Adele again for an inspiring challenge! Loved the string too! Here comes my tile.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted lines, stripes, sparkle, and shadow shading for Funbee
*pretty field of Yincut

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
I’ve been drawing some mandalas this week so when I saw the challenge I thought I’d carry on. I liked Pach which was new to me. I’ve added it to my favourites library.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*wonderful circular Pach
*swirls of Yincut flow from Pach

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
...I enjoyed this week’s tangles especially ‘Pach’ a fabulous tangle.
Attached is my tile for ‘It’s A String Thing #206 ‘challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely Pach with finished on the ends with rounds
*Funbee springs from Yincut grid

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
Greetings from Chicago where the temperature is 57° and I am totally loving it.As usual I was perplexed by the string and the tangles. So I decided to draw the string and first add my favorite of the three patterns. Then the others just followed along.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Funbee tipped Pach
*Yincut filled Funbee and rounded corners for another pretty variation

From VenaC (Whitby, Ontario) ~
Thanks for this challenge. I thought I would never be able to put these three tangles together and the string looked so complicated. This is my third time using a string. I have turned my tile sideways because it looked better that way. You did say that a string was only a guide. Three new tangles for me and I liked all three.
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful softness achieved with shading
*light and lovely Yincut
Yes, a string is only a suggestion - you did wonders with this one.

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Thank you for this new challenge. It was fun again. I realised that I made a “mistake” with the chainrings in Patch (this was new to me) but I like it all the same.Hot regards from Switzerland (we are having the hottest days of the year)
Tangled Tidbits -
*fabulous Pach loops
*multi-sized, multi-colored Funbee

From Gabriela Garcia (Alberta, Canada) and here on her blog ~
This was a fun challenge! the moment I saw the string I thought a part of it looked like a cushion and then when I read that Yin-Cut was one of the tangles to use I knew what to do, I decided to create a cushion with Yin-Cut and use Pach and Funbee along with a little bit of Printemps and Marasu as the cushion embellishments. Thank you Adele for another great challenge!
-Greetings from Canada!
Tangled Tidbits -
*shading, highlights, sparkle, layering yield wonderful sense of depth and dimension
*happy mix of basic tangle colors of black and brown

From Renee Womack (Austin, Texas) ~
Thank you for another week’s challenge. Not sure how it all ended up so pastelish (word?), but there you have it.
Tangled Tidbits -
*thick droplets of Funbee creatively flow along the string
*tight curves of Pach

From Lin H (Florida) ~
Loved your challenge. I took quite a few liberties with your tangles and string and ended up with pretty simple results. It’s where the pen led me!
Tangled Tidbits -
Aren't you glad that you followed?!
*Yincut filled wisps of Funbee
*elegant Pach - detail lines, light and dark spaces, and sparkle

From Trudi ( Woodview, Ontario, Canada) ~
... Really enjoyed the Tangles this week, Pach looked like it was so intricate but the stepouts made it so nice to do. Thanks for all your hard work I guest hosted last weeks Challenge at Joey's and don't know how you guys do it every week!
Tangled Tidbits -
How nice, I will look that up.  Congratulations!
*fine lined Yincut
*dainty Pach along the string lines

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT 28 (Kingston, New York) ~
Pach was a challenge as it didn't seem like it was coming out like the step out..but I can live with it now...And Yin cut fit nicely in the loops
Thanks for a great challenge this week.

Tangled Tidbits -
*square Yincut variation
*weighted lines in Pach

From Sra (India) ~
Here's my entry for IAST 206. Have a good week and thanks for hosting!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Yincut and Funbee share similar line, sparkle, and shading details
*Pach shaded along the outer curves accents the inner white curves

From Sabine (Germany) ~
here is my entry for this week. I had a lot of fun with this three, new to me, tangles.
Many greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*alternating black and white center rice shapes of Pach
*stripes and sparkle give Yincut and Funbee a beautiful shine

From Tonia C (Rhode Island) ~
At first the string looked a little intimidating to me. But after practicing the tangles ideas started to flow. As I was doing this tile more creative juices came up so I ran with it. This was a very fun tile to do! Thanks for this challenge and introducing the tangles!
Tangled Tidbits -
*initial curves and rice shapes of Pach compliment the full tangle
*delicate Funbee flows from Yincut's grid
That is a very happy mark :)

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
Thank you for your very inspiring challenges. I used to draw mostly without strings but thanks to you I've learned to use them. That curl (where I have made a ribbon of with Fun-bee was a real challenge for me!)
I've drawn on a grey tile (they have become my favorites) with white, black and golden pens but also with a normal pencil. It was the first time I've used Yincut, a very easy and nice pattern, especially for backgrounds but I have never drawn it. That is gonna change, thanks to you.

Tangled Tidbits - 
Oh, that is all good news, Ria!
*beautiful ribbon details - highlights, shading, color
*lovely use of light, dark, and medium tones

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
thank you for the challenge this week. I especially like the patterns funbee and pach. The combination with yincut is very interesting. I send you my black and white version. Another tangle is posted in my blog...
Best wishes from Germany

Tangled Tidbits - 
*Yincut filled string loops, shaded to accent middle diamond shapes
*two pretty variations of both Funbee and Pach

From Mariam G (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Am attaching my tile for IAST206 - what a relaxing challenge this was. It seemed to just 'flow'.Thanks for the Zen!
Tangled Tidbits - 
*weighted Yincut grid lines and Funbee lines, too
*soft shading of all three tangles

From Judy O (Ohio) ~
Thanks for introducing Beate Winkler's Funbee pattern in this challenge - It was new to me, and I like it a lot (it's so graceful), so I kept things simple and focused on Funbee for this tile - (And I did actually use a little of the string -- two of the string lines, turned sideways, became the stems….)

Tangled Tidbits - 
And thank you, Judy, for your tangle Pach :)
*pretty Pach border
*aura-ed delicate Funbee

A very warm welcome to Marjan Heemskerk (The Netherlands) ~
A couple of months ago I discovered Zentangle and I am addicted. This is my first challenge ever and I took it because I love Pach.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*detailed Pach along all the string lines
*softly shaded field of Yincut 
Welcome to IAST and welcome to our tangled map, Marjan.

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
Tangled Tidbits - 
*contrasting dark and light Pach
*creative variations of Funbee - love that shaded one filled with dots

From Laurel Davis (New York) ~
Thanks for another great challenge! Pach was a new one for me and I really liked it.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*a rainbow of Pach
*fabulous Funbee flows along two sides of the border

From Henrike Bratz, CZT (Germany) ~
Tangled Tidbits - 
Henrike and Renee Womack (above) treated the string line and Funbee in a similar manner - and from across the globe - how fun!
*Pach's sparkled rice shapes repeat along with perfs
*longer curls and curves of Funbee give it an elegant look

From Debbie Raaen (Trondheim, Norway) ~
Here is my version of challenge 206 Adele with appreciation for all you do.

Tangled Tidbits - 
*rows of light and dark Pach
*colorful Aquafleur inspired Funbee

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
Three delightful patterns, one playful string ... not sure I did them justice, but I did enjoy. (And thanks for the compliment last week on my descriptives. I do at times find inspiration which stimulates me to wax prosaic, but leaf blowers, diesel trucks and neighborhood construction just didn't do it for me this week.)
Tangled Tidbits - 
*gorgeous details for Funbee
*rounded, sparkled, wide and thinly spaced lines for Yincut

From Lily (Hungary) ~ is my tile for your weekly challenge.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*luscious layers of towing Funbee
*sparkled perfs repeat in Pach and Yincut

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Valddrif, South Africa) and here on her blog ~
This week’s tile, I promise took minimum plotting and planning. So, all went with the flow. Great! Loved the string and the patterns Funbee by Beate Winkler, Pach by Joy Okawa and Yincut by Maria Thomas. Enjoyed using all the patterns this week.
All in all a satisfying time, well spent.
Tangled Tidbits - 
*magnificent variations of Funbee
*very detailed Pach fills the string line - notice how the loops tuck under and around and then are filled with Funbee

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
Such a fun string! And I love Pach ... but this tile ... not so much. It's very busy and very grey.
I usually complete the tile before I shade, but I shaded Pach before I completed the tile. I'm such a creature of habit ... one little change to the approach and chaos ensued!
Cheers to Pach!
Tangled Tidbits -
That's happy chaos, if chaos at all!
*Pach gradually grows in size as it loops
*weighted lines of Funbee bring it to the foreground of Yincut

From Pat (Washington State) ~
Yet another great IAST challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*detail lines and weighted curves create a lovely Funbee
*white dotted highlights glow on the colorful tangles

This is my tile ~
I began by placing a small and larger version of Pach along the two string curves. I turned the tile 180 degrees and then Funbee blossomed from a Pach hillside. A ground cover of Yincut, some Funbee details for Pach, lightly penciled accents, and a bit of Fescu pulled it all together.

And now...

the tile for honors this week...

was sent in by...

Karen Buse  from California !

Karen wrote:
I was familiar with all three tangles but had always used Pach on a small scale. It was fun to blow it up big enough to incorporate the other tangles into it.

Tangled Tidbits -
*Funbee curls and 'blossoms' along the two curved string lines, aura-ed and shaded
*rounded edges and thick lines for Funbee
*Funbee details in Pach
*Yincut filled, weighted-lined Pach
*pleasing use of light and dark spaces

Congratulations, Karen!

I have a little something coming in the mail for you.

Many thanks to everyone for sending in your precious tiles.  You inspire all of us and help build this wonderfully supportive IAST community.

Kudos to the creators of the tangles we used this week along with my string 

Funbeby Beate Winkler, CZT

Pach by Judy Okawa

Yincut by Maria Thomas

Check back Tuesday afternoon for "It's a String Thing" #207

We are just one week away from a glorious 4th Birthday celebration!